After a fun trip up Highway 49 we settled in at Emily and Chad's
home. With 50 amps, water and sewer (hey, where's the cable TV?),
we could live here! We were ready for great fellowship, playing with
the grand kids, nightly card games and of course some new
The project this trip is to extend the gable roof over the front
door. It will cover the deck that will come in the future. Pete
climbs the ladder to remove the existing fascia boards.
Since we didn't have a transit we could not start from a level site
on the ground. So the decision was made to build the cover from the
roof down. We began by attaching 2 x 6's to the existing fascia.
"Dad, I'll be ready to help after I finish these seeds".
Once the two rafters were attached to the house, two temporary cross
beams were added to form the perfect roof shape. A second rafter
shape was built in the same image and the two connected by three
ridge beams. As we thought that we would have to lift the new roof
in place from the ground level and on ladders, only this minimal
structure was assembled.
Next preparation to install the roof was to dig two footings to
attach the support posts. It would not matter if they where at a
different heights as the future deck will cover the footings.
1) Zeb takes time out from playing to air up the trailer tires. 2)
He watches as cousin Holley and sister Micah remove the splinters
from the building materials. Ouch!
As Pete gets up late, Ellen had time to climb up Steamboat Rock
ridge and get these early morning photos.
1) One more rafter was added to the roof structure as it would be
needed to attach to the posts. 2) The footing cement with the
Typical 4 x 4 posts are,well, boring! So Chad and Em designed posts
with a little more interest. Emily caulks the posts in preparation
Chad paints the ceiling panels to match the house as Em and Dad
slather the posts with white paint.
Surprise, surprise! Chad's brother-in-law Joey brought over this
lift to hoist the roof into position. What a blessing! While we
would have completed the job on ladders, the lift made it easy, safe
With the roof attached to the house, Em and Chad wait on Pete and
sister Donnalee to cut the posts to length.
Remember that the footings were installed without knowing their
elevation? Amazingly both posts were exactly the same length? Thank
you Lord. The posts are secured with the footing hangers and at the
roof with special brackets made by Chad's father Steve.
Now that the roof is up and level and the posts are in place, Emily
and Chad secure everything with screws.
Next the roof sheeting gets screwed down and brings shade from the
100 degree heat.
Chad cuts the final pieces of sheeting. Chad and Emily work together
on these projects and both really enjoy building; that makes it fun.
Like father, like daughter!
The sheeting is down and the roofing paper gets stapled into place.
It was very tricky working from the roof down. But the most
intricate part of the project was notching out the ceiling panels to
exactly fit around these unique cross-shaped posts. Measure many
times; cut once!
1) Dad and Emily attach the flashing while Chad and long time friend
Jason put up ceiling materials.
The shingling job moved faster because Joey also had an air-gun. When the air compressor failed, we thought we would have to continue
with hammer and nails. Enter Mothership, stage left: Pete
remembering the air system on the RV, we were able to use the
motorhome's air tank to power the gun and finish in style.
Glory be to God, the cover is gorgeous. It will be shade in the
summer and protect from rain in the winter. We neglected to mention
the cross beam. With this beam in place the structure is incredibly
solid. Before it was in place, you could easily push the roof side
Look at the exacting workmanship in cutting out the panels for the
posts to pass through. Nice job Emily and Chad.
The proud parents pose under the new cover as Grandpa thanks Zeb for
all his help. Mandy could give a whip!
Next week we move out and head to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Love from Pete, Ellen, Emily, Chad, Micah and Zeb (and Mandy!)